December 2020 newsletter

Wednesday 25th November 2020


Well it does seem that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we should be having a full “MG season” in 2021.

In the meantime, some of our members have been poorly with covid but thankfully are on the way to a full recovery. I also learnt recently that Duncan Page is currently unwell with oesophageal cancer, he has just completed 11 weeks of chemotherapy and is expecting to go into Stoke hospital around about Christmas time for major surgery to remove the tumour, but Duncan is very upbeat and positive about it all. The oncologist and the surgeon have assured him that they are looking to a cure not just to treat the problem. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him soon.

Something for the dark nights in January, Roger and Sarah have volunteered to organise a “Table Top” car rally, more details to follow.

100 QUIZ

The excellent quiz produced by John and Gloria is coming to an end and the results will be published on the web site this week-end, so you still have a few days to complete it!!


It is the time to be” jolly” and we are not going to miss our Christmas Party but it will have to be via “Zoom”. Entertainment is being provided by John Paul and “Ringo Sid” and Fun is guaranteed. It will be in two 45-minute parts on Sunday 13th December late afternoon, further details will be sent out but if you have not yet been on zoom let me know and we can help get you sorted!


We all need something to look forward to so let’s have a look at two tours we have arranged next year

Scotland week-end 30th April – 3rd May

I know a number of you are already booked in but if not and you would like to join us you can book direct the Premier Inn Dumfries (Annan Road) for the 3 nights, the rate was £103 total but may have changed, you can always cancel this 28 days before. Let me know if you book.

Welsh Week-end 6-7th June

Are you interested in joining us for a drive around North Wales on the Sunday and then a tour of Anglesey on the Monday before returning back home. Staying the Sunday night at the Premier Inn Bangor (Gwynedd) at the moment the rate is only £35 for the room and you can cancel/refund upto 4 weeks before. Book direct (don’t bother with the meal deal you can do that later) let me know if you book.


Enzo Ferrari once called the fledgling British Formula 1 Constructors ‘Garagistas’ - he thought it an insult to the people in UK garages who were designing and building cars that were competing, and in some cases beating, his red thoroughbreds. We may not all be building Formula One cars, but why not celebrate being a nation of ‘Garagistas’ while we have the chance. Given that lockdown places restrictions on what we can do, and where we can go - the humble garage or workshop may just be the place to stay mentally well during this time.

So we want people to film a video strictly no longer than 6 minutes about what they are working on in their garage, workshop, business premises….lets celebrate together in one of the few places we might be able to enjoy our vehicles.

Simply contact us at and we will send back a time slot so that people can either pre-record and schedule post on to the Facebook group or do it live on the day. We can supply details on how to schedule post for those unfamiliar with Facebook. We are not looking for Spielberg production values - just you and a phone and the garage is great!

REVS Limiter will host the event on its Facebook page, with the community now numbering nearly 6000 people and growing. Upload videos in advance or shoot it live from your den, following a timetable, and let’s enjoy a day of something vehicle-related - even if it’s from the comfort of your armchair - or garage. To take part in the event you will need to become part of the REVS Limiter Facebook group and you can do that by clicking on this link and we will let you in.


  • (A) Roy Crosier has been looking at MGA and MGB parts made around the World. It appears that only 2 or 3 companies make the parts worldwide but the prices varied by more than 300%.One company that stood out was a German company called Bastuck. They have a very extensive spare parts catalogue and have most parts for MGAs and MGBs but much cheaper than anyone else. I have checked with a Twin Cam guy who had bought a water pump from them. He said it fitted and works well but probably made in China or India-unfortunately not Germany. Anyone used Bastuck?
  • (B) Tony Haughton has for sale an MGB tow bar....complete with electrics...originally for a GT however, it's been on a Roadster for 9 years.
  • (C) If anyone within your club would be interested in "A" frame welded construction made from 50mm RHS with a central threaded bar capable of raising and rotating MG Roadster body shell with rear & front wheels (NO ENGINE FITTED) - ideal for working on the underside of the body in a standing or sitting position. 2 frames - 1 front, 1 rear - £85 Pick-up is required from Kidderminster area.

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